Healthy Shrimp Tacos

Recipe By Tessa Arias
May 28th, 2014

Bring the Baja to your kitchen with this Healthy Shrimp Tacos recipe. They're ultra fresh, flavorful, quick, and easy - a favorite weeknight meal!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 4 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

TASTE: Ultra fresh with hints of fresh citrus, spice, and sweetness.
TEXTURE: The perfectly cooked shrimp topped with creamy chipotle cream, buttery avocado, and crunchy cabbage all wrapped in a chewy tortilla is nothing short of amazing.
EASE: This recipe takes less than 15 minutes. For extra flavor, let the shrimp marinade in the mixture for up to 30 minutes if you have time.
APPEARANCE: Bright and colorful!
PROS: Quick, easy, healthy, fresh. Doesn’t get better than that for a weeknight recipe.
CONS: None!!

Bring the Baja to your kitchen with this Healthy Shrimp Tacos recipe. They’re ultra fresh, flavorful, quick, and easy – a favorite weeknight meal!
Healthy Shrimp Tacos - quick and easy!

Lately I’ve been kind of addicted to looking at dogs on adoption websites. We got Chewie, our crazy Yorkie, over 2 years ago now and I want to get him a friend so. bad. It’s been tough to find the perfect dog to adopt. Chewie is very energetic so a second dog would need to be a little more mellow to balance things out. And I can’t do a puppy again. Chewie peed and pooed on everything when he was a puppy and it drove me NUTS. Plus, Jared is allergic to dogs so it would have to be another hypoallergenic dog. So basically there are almost no young adult mellow hypoallergenic small to medium dogs that need to be adopted nearby. I’ll just keep looking. Have you adopted a pet before? Any tips??

I always wish Chewie could enjoy the food that I make. He seriously has the weakest stomach out of any dog I’ve ever met. He’s allergic to peanut butter. When I make a recipe that I LOVE I wish he was able to enjoy it like we can. I guess I’ll have to settle for sharing recipes here on the blog for all of you guys to enjoy 😉

Healthy Shrimp Tacos - quick and easy!

How to make
Healthy Shrimp Tacos

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Bring the Baja to your kitchen with this Healthy Shrimp Tacos recipe. They're ultra fresh, flavorful, quick, and easy - a favorite weeknight meal!


For the shrimp:

  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

For the chipotle cream:

  • 1/3 cup Greek-style nonfat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped chipotle in adobo sauce

For the tacos:

  • Tortillas
  • 1/2 Hass avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce or cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges, for serving


For the shrimp:

  1. In a medium bowl combine the lime zest and juice, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon of the oil, and honey. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. If time permits, marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes.

For the chipotle cream:

  1. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, and chipotle. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and add to the skillet in a single layer. Cook until the shrimp turn pink, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, or until the shrimp are JUST opaque. Be careful not to overcook. Remove to a serving dish.
  3. Divide the shrimp among tortillas and serve with avocado slices, lettuce, cilantro, and lime wedges.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Chloe @ foodlikecake — May 28, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Those tacos look amazing 🙂

  2. #
    Baby June — May 28, 2014 at 4:26 am

    MMm, those are making me hungry right now. 🙂

  3. #
    Liz S. — May 28, 2014 at 5:03 am is the best resource for adopting a pet, in my opinion. 5 years ago, my family and I searched on there and that’s how we found our shelter pup (named Chooey – sounds the same as your dog’s name, just different spelling choice, haha). A lot of shelters are on – good luck on your pet search!

    GREAT shrimp taco recipe!

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      Tessa — May 28, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks so much for the tips! Chewie and Chooey – great minds think *almost* alike.

  4. #
    Idina — May 28, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Haha! I finally found a person blogging food stuff who knows how to hold a knife right and actually gets food! YESSSS!! thank you! ur blog is awesome:)

    • #
      Tessa — May 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Haha!! Thanks so much. I guess culinary school did teach me something 🙂

  5. #
    Kate — May 28, 2014 at 7:30 am

    This is a recipe request: CREPES AUBERGINE (aka eggplant crepes with a tomato basil sauce with CHEESE!!! , okay sorry completely off topic but please try these!!

    • #
      Tessa — May 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks for the request! I’ll add it to the list 🙂

  6. #
    Cookin Canuck — May 28, 2014 at 8:09 am

    These shrimp tacos looks wonderful – we love using chipotle sauces on our tacos, too.

    Good luck with your dog search!

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      Tessa — May 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks Dara!

  7. #
    Gaby — May 28, 2014 at 10:10 am

    So bright and delicious!

  8. #
    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — May 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    These look perfect for summer, yummy! I know how hard it is to find a dog for your dog…I’ve been perusing the adoption sites too in my area to find my dog a friend, good luck 🙂

    • #
      Tessa — May 28, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Good luck to you too!

  9. #
    Jodee Weiland — May 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    This looks so delicious! What a great idea and healthy as well…what more could you ask for? Thanks for sharing!

  10. #
    ilona t — June 10, 2014 at 11:51 am

    what can i use in place of the chipotle?

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      Tessa — June 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      You can use any type of hot sauce you like.

  11. #
    Gerard Begay — April 7, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I made the tacos last night and they were amazing!!! Thanks for sharing

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